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Establishment of a Mobile Competence Team for the promotion of council decisions

The Mobile Competence Team supports EU countries in their technical implementation of a system for the automated exchange of fingerprint and DNA data, thereby helping to prevent and prosecute crime in accordance with the EU Prüm Council decisions.

Project dates 01/07/2011 - 30/06/2013
Total budget€2 234 746
EU contribution95%
Project CoordinatorFederal Criminal Police (Germany)
Project Partners
  • Belgian Federal Police (Belgium)
  • General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (Romania)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior (Austria)

Project Description

The Council adopted the EU Prüm decisions (2008/615/JHA and 2008/616/JHA) on 23 June 2008 to improve and intensify cross-border cooperation; in particular, the exchange of information between EU countries for the purpose of preventing and prosecuting crime.

The deadline for implementing automated exchange of DNA and fingerprint data was 26 August 2011. As the majority of EU countries were struggling to meet this deadline, the Mobile Competence Team (MCT) was established to support EU countries with technical advice and detailed guidelines on the implementation of the technical components.

A centralised automated exchange of DNA and fingerprint data has never been achieved before, which makes this project particularly unique and ground-breaking.

Benefits and results

The MCT supports EU countries during the technical implementation of the automated exchange of fingerprint and DNA data. This includes specific questions arising from the infrastructure in the respective EU countries, standardisation of the data exchange formats, communication protocols and security issues. Problems arising during testing and the initial operational phase are being solved with advice from the project team, in accordance with best practice principles.

The MCT is also actively supporting the establishment of a central Prüm helpdesk. The documentation, which had previously been developed and stored on a decentralised basis, is now being processed, updated and supplemented by the MCT in order to transfer it to a centralised structure. A central electronic knowledge base has therefore been set up in close cooperation with Europol, where EU countries can find technical documents, best practices, technical tools and a communication platform to exchange experience.

Within this project, EU countries have been invited to a common user’s conference and technical working groups have been set up to exchange best practices on how to implement and operate the IT systems. As a result, a number of additional EU countries have been able to start daily operation and several more EU countries are expected to be able to do so by the end of the project, in June 2013.

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